Today was a “stop the car” day. Driving over a secluded bridge on the Cowichan Reserve I saw a group of Trumpeter swans not far away from the bridge near the bank of the river. Since we had snow last night the parking places were quite tricky to get out in and out of as they are down a little hill but I left husband to that while I walked down to the river bank to try to get a decent photo.
In the photo above you can see a drake Mallard to the left of the swan. It never ceases to amaze me how large these swans are.
Below is the same swan with two juveniles. The same Mallard is there plus a Herring gull.
Swans being swans, when a person stays too long watching them they just slowly head down river. Below is the start of them leaving with a male Common Merganser near.
In the next photo the swans in the above photo join a few more and soon they are out of camera range. With Trumpeter Swans it is all a matter of timing, plus never going out for a drive without your camera.